SPALDING UNITED 3 (Chamberlain 8, Good 80, Earls 90) KING’S LYNN TOWN 2 (Quigley 52, Dunkley 76): IF ANYBODY doubted Spalding’s title credentials ahead of the new season, they shouldn’t now.
Callum Earls fired a dramatic late winner on Saturday as the Tulips saw off a King’s Lynn side that were promoted from the UCL Premier Division last time around, making it back-to-back wins over higher-graded teams.
Much like Boston United the previous week, the Linnets brought a strong side to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
But they were soon behind on eight minutes, when defender Miles Chamberlain bundled home Franny Green’s cracking free-kick.
Spalding debutant Scott Musgrove went close to doubling the lead before the break, as Lynn were made to look pretty ordinary.
That wasn’t the case in the second period, though. Rejuvenated after a talking to from boss Gary Setchell, Dan Quigley soon levelled matters with a powerful header 52 minutes in.
Towering striker Russ Dunkley then tested Nick Conroy, before turning home a deserved second for the Linnets from close range 15 minutes from time.
Although Lynn were value for their lead, Pat Rayment’s Tulips refused to accept defeat. Tom James saw a penalty saved by Alex Street after Ash Stevens was fouled, before Ben Good’s purple patch in front of goal continued with a cracking header soon after.
There was still time for the goal of the game, as Earls drilled home a super winner inside Street’s near post with seconds remaining.
Having shrugged off a sloppy start to their pre-season, Spalding boss Rayment is confident his side are now ready to roll ahead of Saturday’s home FA Cup date with Blaby and Whetstone (3pm).
Rayment said: “We’re really on a roll now – and I know there’s more to come.
“It was always going to be tough against Lynn, they’re a really good side. I thought it was even Steven really, but it was nice to nick the win.
“We’re not quite playing for 90 minutes at the moment, which is perhaps the only negative.
“Marcus Ebdon and Danny Hussey have really trained the lads hard and the fitness is improving, so I’m confident we’ll get there.
“The difference between the last two games and our earlier ones is that we’re now getting in people’s faces.
“The football has been good too, but we can certainly improve. I’d back this team against anyone, we’ve just got to be patient.”
Tulips: Conroy, Bull, Earls, Chamberlain, Canoville, Musgrove, Green (James 75), Doherty, Joyce (Stevens 57), Good, Steadman (Toyne 81). Not used: Lyon, Drury, Fuff.
• Tonight: Spalding Utd XI v Moulton Harrox (7.45pm).